Our favorite gigs of 2016

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Globally, it’s been a harsh year for music with so many greats passing over to the other side. Locally however, it’s been a year of amazing shows and unforgettable performances. In this post the Newcastle Live crew nominate their favorite gig of the year. Not an easy task to pick just one, but here goes…

The Bands Are Breaking Up

17/1/16 – The Hamilton Station Hotel
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An all-day acoustic mini-fest that took over The Hamo for one Sunday last summer. Singer/songwriters from around the country had gathered together to celebrate the weird niche they had all found between the worlds of punk, country, and folk. From the opening act waking everybody up in the sun, to Lincoln Le Fevre performing ‘The Boatshed’ standing out on a table in the beer garden. It was a day of fantastic performances and community.

Photo Credit: Shane Quill

This That

5/11/16 – Camp Shortland, Newcastle
SUBMITTED BY: @Krocklive

It’s great to see a festival in our own home town when normally I’d have to travel to Sydney or further to see a showcase of this quality. Amazing lineup of artists both national and international including the always incredible local heroes RAAVE TAPES. Special highlights included Elliphante and Peking Duk. Big props to the team behind the festival for making something the city should be proud of. Great Day!

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Vera Blue

22/9/16 & 23/9/16 – 48 Watt Street

Hands down my favorite show of 2016. There’s really nothing more to say. If you’ve never heard Vera before go straight to a music streaming app and fix that.

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Love That Hat Does Elo

27/11/16 – Lizotte’s Newcastle
SUBMITTED BY: Steven Pickett

Extraordinary and popular trio Love That Hat decided this year to add a special show to their gig calendar. Fuelled by bass player/vocalist Dave Carter’s passion for the great Electric Light Orchestra, the band dedicated an entire show to the music of Jeff Lynne and his famous outfit. In addition to the other Hat members, guitarist/vocalist Mikey Stove and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Sue Carson, the trio was augmented by a cast of exceptional musicians and singers, including the renowned Bob Corbett, Kate White-Flannery (ex Curvettes, Belle Diva), drummer Peter Liddiard, keys player Jason Tyler and a string section featuring Chin-Hwi from Angamus. The sound was full and appropriately orchestral, as the band pumped out the hits from ‘Living Thing’ to ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ and ‘Evil Woman’ – a great night from an exceptional band. There are rumours of an encore show in 2017!

Alex Lahey

24/09/16 – Sydney Junction Hotel
SUBMITTED BY: Rachael Salmon

Alex Lahey’s catchy alt pop tunes are realised skillfully in a live setting. Her band are super tight, nailing every pause and intros without counting in. We saw Alex at BIGSOUND this year and couldn’t wait to see her play locally. She didn’t dissappint.

Dustin Tebbit

3/09/16 – Elsewhere The Rooftop

Although Jebediah front man, Kevin Mitchell AKA Bob Evans was the headliner for this gig, it was Dustin that stole the show for me. I’d never heard of him before this night, and whether it was the setting (on top of Bolton St Car Park) or the stripped back electronica he was playing, it blew me away and I become an immediate fan.

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